Coach Hoffman enjoys helping young athletes discover the pleasures of making a boat go fast. Paul started coaching WW Crew athletes in 2013.
As a boy, Paul raced in eights for Exeter and for the Harvard freshman lightweights. He won many shirts, which, sadly, have disappeared over time. Since switching to sculling, he has pursued speed and good form at Harvard Sculling Club, Potomac Boat Club, and Cambridge Boat Club.
Paul has raced the Head of the Charles twenty-one times in various formats. In 2012 he won the US Rowing masters national championship in the lightweight quad for Cambridge Boat Club. Paul can generally be found early mornings toeing a quad on the Charles.
When the river is frozen over, Paul does Nordic skating at the Weston ski track, where he coaches for the Bill Koch League. Paul is married, has a college-age daughter who does not row (alas) but skis and dances beautifully, and an eighth grade son who skis and has recently taken to sculling.
Coach Hoffman is devoted to helping the WWRA varsity girls take the next steps in their physical and mental development as athletes, and in achieving greater proficiency in their rowing. He is pleased to have coached the WWRA girls lightweight coxed four to a 7th place finish at junior nationals in 2014.
How did you get involved in crew?
My older brothers rowed for Exeter, Harvard and Dartmouth. Their stories about the boathouse and racing sounded like a lot of fun.
What’s your favorite crew memory?
My favorite memories are mostly sensations of being in the boat – The violence and grace of a start. Feeling the tremendous surge of power in a quad as it flies along at a 36. The feel of a fluidly moving eight in a long steady-state piece at a 24.
What has crew done for you?
It has honed my willpower, focus, tenacity. Drawn out habits of reliability and accountability. Given me an ever-expanding network of friendships. Encouraged a healthy lifestyle so that I can continue to row and ski well.
Favorite Written Quote:
“Abide in the country of the present moment.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Favorite Spoken Quote:
Has to be the extended “Who’s on First” dialogue of Abbott and Costello.